Kurt Bayer is an NZME. News Service reporter based in Christchurch. He has worked in newspapers since he was a 10-year-old delivery boy for the then daily evening paper, The Star. He left school at 16 to work as a cub reporter on a community newspaper, learning all aspects of production, finishing up as sports editor. At 20, he went travelling before spending 10 years as chief reporter at Scottish News Agency, breaking exclusives and providing regional coverage for Britain's national daily and Sunday newspapers. Tony Blair once accused him of being Australian. He now covers the rich news beat of post-earthquake Christchurch for APNZ news service. Ghost-writer of the Sunday Times number one bestseller, The Forgotten Highlander, he also writes fiction and wildly-embellished essays on the eccentric joys of club cricket.